Like other cities in Michiana, Mishawaka is also tightening its belt due to the statewide property tax cap.
“Every year we’re proposing modest raises we wish they can be more,” Mayor Dave Wood told our reporting partners at ABC 57. “But we have to live within our budget just as every family does.”
The most recent “modest raise” came Monday, when the Mishawaka common council approved Wood’s proposed one-percent increase for city staff.
However, the city has slowed or even stopped hiring altogether since 2011. That’s a year after the circuit breaker went into effect.
Even still, the city has maintained about 500 full-time workers since the tax cap started in 2010. That’s thanks to some staff cuts and combining positions. However, the city is still learning to run leaner.
“We’re using technology to help us do our jobs more efficiently,” Mayor Wood told ABC 57. “With less people, with less equipment but still not compromising the great service our citizens have come to expect.”